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The Best Of Mountain

April 15, 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 12, 1997
  • Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 56:10
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  • ASIN: B00138H7ZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,872 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Every song sounds like it was meant to follow the previous one.
D. Allen
The fellow above posting that West played with no emotion...well, the live side on FOE is as good a hard rock live recording as there's ever been.
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This is hands down one of the best "Best Of" in the market .
I. Banerjee

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By JG on August 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Now remastered with better sound and additional tracks The Best Of Mountain is the type of CD that fans who own their 4 other studio albums will buy anyway for the fine sequencing and overall straight ahead impact of assessing Mountain in one smart package..Their ist album Leslie West Mountain, then Climbing, and Nantucket Sleighride and their 1/2 studio 1/2 live Flowers Of Evil(Fillmore East NYC 1971) were all better than good affairs but this CD, with it's mixture of the raw melodic riffing power chords with tuneful balladry awash with spacey keyboards in the right moments all showcases this band that accomplished a lot as a hard rock outfit where Cream left off.. Mountain in it's short duration was a very mighty late 60's band and left an additional legacy of fine live jamming albums placing them as a group of impact..it's blend of hard rock via the guitar flash of Leslie West and thunder of drummer Corky Laing, with the interplay of Cream Producer bassist Pappalardi whose fine tuneful songs and earthy vocals as distinct from West's rasp were highly reminiscent of Cream's style..no wonder after Mountain, West and Laing joined up with Cream's bassist and songwriter,Jack Bruce...Pappalardi was unfortunately shot and killed later by his wife..
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Leslie West, all 400 pounds, on guitar and rough vocals. Felix Pappalardi on bass and smooth vocals. Corky Laing, an animalistic powerhouse, on drums. Steve Knight on keyboards.

These 4 guys put out 3 albums of bi-polar power. About half the songs were lilting, melodic Felix Pappalardi compilations, the other half were pulverizing Leslie West guitar extravaganzas.

There is a good, solid mixture on this CD, "Theme From an Imaginary Western" and "For Yasgur's Farm" are great, subtly powerful songs sung by Felix. I personally love both of them. "Never in My Life" and "Mississippi Queen" feature the huge, fat tone of West's guitar AND voice.

This band could do a lot of things well. Play slow, thoughtful songs, and also pound you over the head with awesome up-tempo rockers. A great, underrated band. Great playing as well. If one was to rate the players from 1 to 10, you'd have to go with West at an 8, Pappalardi at an 8, Laing at a 9, and Knight, well, you don't really hear featured keyboards much with this band.

To hear the band in all it's glory, buy "Flowers of Evil" and listen to the live side. The fellow above posting that West played with no emotion...well, the live side on FOE is as good a hard rock live recording as there's ever been. West just blows the place apart.

Great Band, their best songs. 5 Stars.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I. Banerjee on July 16, 2003
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This is hands down one of the best "Best Of" in the market . The music is free flowing and very rocking. It's a must buy if one is new to Mountain , it kind of captures all the different songs of Mountain that sound more like a live album than studio. Go out and get it , I also recommend the Live album from them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Allen on March 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've got to agree with those who praise this collection of stand-outs, and in fact, I'll take it a step further: This is the best "best of" compilation I've ever heard. The song selection is right on and the playing order is perfect. Every song sounds like it was meant to follow the previous one. I've got all of Mountain's domestic releases, but this CD has taken on a life of its own in my head, and it doesn't get old.

Additionally, this version was remastered in 2003. And while the sound is a significant improvement over the original CD release, no miracles were performed, but it's definitely worth the upgrade if you own the previous version.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Greg Reece on February 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
while this collection is great for the casual fan, more bonus tracks could've been added to fill up space. but for the more complete fans, i suggest the 2 disc set over the top, it has everything on here except 3 songs, the studio version of roll over beethoven, boy's in the band and king's chorale. although as of late, sony has been re-mastering the whole catalog with mountain climbing and nantucket sleighride which are probably their 2 biggest albums. with guitar driving songs, mountain climb the to the top in 1970 with the guitar drenched classic mississippi queen while nantucket sleighride was a radio hit on most FM stations. felix pappalardi, who not only played bass and shared some of the vocal spotlight, also produced the group cream. in 1983, pappalardi was shot to death by his wife gail who by the way, helped write some of the groups songs. one reviewer on her says that leslie west was over rated as a guitarist, that is hardly the case. west NEVER got the respect he rightly deserves, just like the band as a whole. if you like straight ahead guitar driven rock 'n roll, this collection is for you, or the 2 disc collection i mentioned above or STILL better, the whole catalog. what ever your pleasure, pick up something of mountain today, you won't be dissapointed.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Josh H. on December 31, 2003
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This is a great compilation, but there were some overlooked songs that should have been included, like "One Last Cold Kiss" and "My Lady".
That being said, Mountain was an excellent band. I personally feel that Leslie West is a bit overrated, but he can really wail. He concentrates on the "power chord" concept too much, and he doesn't really play with any emotion. But hey, that's just my opinion. I know there are lots of people who love the guy.
"Mississippi Queen" is of course known by every diehard classic rock fanatic (like me), and it's indeed a true hard rock classic. But there are far better songs on this album, like the haunting, mystifying ballad "Nantucket Sleighride", which is still the best Mountain song that I've ever heard. Felix Pappalardi really has a marvelous voice, and here, he gives a beautiful vocal performance. It's a painfully emotional song.
"Never In My Life" is a monstrous, riff-based rocker, and one of those songs that's great to crank up VERY LOUD. "Crossroader" is equally awesome (and no, it has nothing to do with the blues classic "Crossroads"). "For Yasgur's Farm" is a wonderful tribute to Woodstock, which played an integral part in making the band superstars, and "Theme For An Imaginary Western" is something of an overlooked masterpiece.
The other songs are all good in their own right, too.
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